Constance is the largest city in the “Vierländerregion Bodensee” and thus the perfect starting point for a roadtrip. Picturesque lanes, exciting cultural experiences, nature, tradition meets modernity – all that is to be found in Constance and the region around Lake Constance.
In order to enjoy your holidays and get the rest that you need, do not plan too much though. Constance itself is an amazingly beautiful destination within Europe. Before you go exploring other countries, stay a while, take your time and enjoy everything this town hast to offer. Take your campervan and drive around the lake. In order to make it even easier for you, we provide you with excellent tips. Firstly, here are our major tips for camping sites in and around Constance.
In and around Constance you will find more than twenty camping sites. None of these sites are far from the shores of Lake Constance. Pretty convenient, right? But how does that even work? Basically, there is water everywhere around the city. Hence, many opportunities to open camping sites. They are spread across the city and even further into towns such as “Allersbach” and “Radolfzell”.
Camping “Litzelstetten”: Park your rental campervan and head straight into the clear waters of Lake Constance. The beach is only a few meters away from the camping site, so you can check on your campervan while enjoying a good time at the lake. It is the smallest camping site at Lake Constance and located in the middle of a natural reserve between an idyllic pond and the shore of Lake Constance. You want to enjoy a view on the lake from your campervan? Open the window and take in the magnificent view of “Mainau” Island, which is only a twenty-minute walk away from your camping site. Another island is “Reichenau”. You should discover both. Leave your campervan at the site and use the public transport. The network is well established. If you feel like taking a bike, do. It is a nice ride around the area.
Camping “Hegne”: In “Hegne” you are in the middle of a natural reserve around Lake Constance as well. “Reichenau” Island is quite close from here. On the terrace of the restaurant you are able to enjoy a great view on the lake and the island, as well as homemade regional products.
Camping “Klausenhorn”: “Klausenhorn” is a headland that pushes into Lake Constance between the two fishing and peasant villages called “Dingelsdorf” and “Wallhausen”. Exactly here, you will find “Ueberlinger” Lake, which is almost untouched by people and naturally idyllic, free from traffic and noise. Enjoy your stay at the highly regarded, four-star rated place “Klausenhorn”. The beach is a great spot to go sunbathing and relax. Is there a better way to recover from a stressful day?
Campervan hire in Constance and enjoy everything this city has to offer
The most important thing is settled. You have rented your camper in Constance. Another important issue to solve is the camping site. You have booked it already? Well done! Not it is time to explore Constance and the region. In order for you to enjoy the area, we have already gathered a few sights for you and put together a list. Do not miss anything from that list if you have the chance.
Camper rental in Constance and explore the city:
Archealogical State Museum of “Baden-Wuerttemberg”
Constance Town Hall
Constance Council Building
“Rosgarten Museum” (Museum)
Saint Stephen’s Church
Saint Mary Castle Church
The Old Town of Constance: Just wonderful!
Campervan hire in Constance: In order for you to enjoy these many places and sights without getting confused, book a guided tour of the city and you will get many historical and cultural insights as well. The stories of the guides when you reach the attractions make you feel like your time traveling and bring the former times back to life. Embark on the secrets of emperors, kings, clerics, heretics and nuns. Tours start at fifty Euro and you can book it via the Constance City Homepage. The tour will take around two hours out of your time.
roadsurfer tip: Campervan hire in Constance – combine your city tour with a wine tasting. Thus, the walk through history will become a culinary experience as well.
Rent a VW Bus and experience the old town of Constance
If you prefer to discover the city all by yourself you should try that. Explore the are on your own, but make sure to not skip anything. Hopefully, you will not miss the Minster and numerous buildings of the city council. Also, walk and discover far of the beaten tracks of tourists. Enjoy a walk through “Niederburg”, the oldest part of the city. The Middle Ages will come to live in its most romantic form with sweet shops, small restaurants, taverns and many bars.
roadsurfer tip: The antiquarian “Patzer & Trenklein” at “Kreuzlinger Strasse”. It is a small bookstore, crammed with books under the ceiling and the cutest shop window you will ever see. Incidentally, it is one of the favorite places of a well known television actress from the most popular show in German television “Tatort” – campervan hire in Constance!
Discover “Konstanz Muenster”
If you want to get the best possible overview on everything regarding the city, there is no better place to start than “Konstanz Muenster”. On top of this traditional church, you will be rewarded with a fabulous panoramic view of the city. Entry fee is two Euro and totally worth paying.
roadsurfer tip: 24 Hours, 2 Countries, 1 Flea Market! The cross-border flea market will take place in spring (next date 29th-30th June 2019) and stretches from Constance in Germany to Kreuzlingen in Switzerland. With around 1,000 stalls it is one of the most beautiful and largest markets in the region. Spread between two countries, this is a unique market worth experiencing.
Constance Highlight – Constance Lake
If you are visiting Constance, you cannot miss the lake. You must go for a walk at the shore at least. Along the banks, there is a path that leads you to the “Rheinbrücke” (bridge) where you can enjoy a view on the famous “Seestrasse”, the popular panoramic picture known for Constance. After a break at the bridge, head to “Smugglers Bay”. The path is nice and you have great access to the lake. After a short walk through the forest, you will arrive at “Strandbad Horn” and the harbor. Continue on your route around the lake or take a ferry to “Meersburg”. A ship leaves every ten to fifteen minutes. The boats are quite flexible and you can hop off and on anywhere basically. Take a bus or train back to the starting point and do it all over again. Want to do it in one go? It is around 53 kilometers of a walk, so you might have to plan more time.
roadsurfer tip: The waterfront of the city garden is especially nice for strolling around and lingering on the lawn. Get yourself a coffee-to-go, sit by the lake, enjoy the breeze and take in the sun. That is all that you will need to enjoy this beautiful city by the lake.
Be active and use the opportunities the lake offers
Where there is water, there is water sports. Lake Constance is a popular place for swimming, paddling and windsurfing. The best selection of spots is provided by no one less than roadsurfer. Read further below:
Camper rental Constance – Water Sports on Lake Constance
Surfing: “Staad” is the oldest surfing school in Constance
Windsurfing: “Tom’s Aqua Club” takes it step by step as one of the most known windsurfing and catamaran sailing schools
Wakeboarden & Wasserski: The “Wakeboard Driving School” in “Dingelsdorf” offers banana boats, SUPs and tubes
Canoeing: The “La Canoa Canoe Center” offers thirty different types of experiences
Kayaking & Canoeing: “Paddle Professional” provides weekend trips for a quick getaway
Pedal and Motor Boats: Visit the “Gondola Harbor” / City Garden. There are boats for rent.
“Sailing School Constance” is centrally located at the city gardens and provides the best theoretical and practical education on sailing with an emphasis on motor- and sailingboats.
The “Wild Fleet” in “Wallhausen” offers something similar. The choice is yours!
Diving: Head to “Wallhausen”, which is the most attractive area for diving.
Take a boat to the islands – It is a must!
You have a lake, a wonderful city and numerous islands right at your feet. What could be more fun than that? Do some island hopping and discovery the many unique spots on the lake. Use some of our insider tips and discover the hidden spots.
The island of flowers – “Mainau”
It is the third largest island of Lake Constance and best reached by a boat from the city. The most diverse flowers shine their light on the island and let it appear as the most colorful of them all. You will discover a beautiful green house full of butterflies and a baroque castle if you walk around a little. The famous flower menu is served here as well. Attention: since the island is privately owned, adults have to pay twenty Euro to enter the land.
The island of vegetables – “Reichenau”
This island is easily accessible by boat. On the way there you will pass “Triboltinger Bohl”, another island, which is part of the famous natural reserve “Wollmatinger Ried”. If you like birds, there are many to watch around the island. “Reichenau” is known for its vegetable cultivation, which is particularly favored because of the Mediterranean climate. In addition to monasteries and churches your way will lead you to the “Hochwart”, which is the highest point of the island. Enjoy the breathtaking view. A short hike leads you to the end of Lake Constance. Start in “Stiegen” and walk down. A bridge leads you across the border to Switzerland. If you are planning on taking this route, take your passport with you. You will need it!
roadsurfer tip: The dwellings of Lake Constance in “Wangen-Hinterhorn” are ranked among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2011. They are definitely worth a visit.
“Mettnau” – The Peninsula
With a length of 3.5 kilometers and a width of up to 800 meters, the “Mettnau” is a magical spot. Bird lovers should come here, because you will find many species around this spot. You can circle the reserve with a ferry. Take the “HELIO” for a boat ride.
roadsurfer tip: Just a short distance from “Mettnau”, there is one of the smallest islands of Lake Constance known as the “Love Island”. By the way: in 1956 a well known movie was filmed on this island called “The Fisherwoman of Lake Constance”. Take your partner, a blanket, some food and a digital device and enjoy the scenery and the movie.
Much further from Constance
After you have explored Constance, Lake Constance and its sweet little islands in detail, it is now time for you to treat your camper to some air. So get into your van and turn your eyes towards Bern, for example. In only 2.5 hours you are in the Swiss capital via the A1.
Rent a camper in Constance because from here it is not far to France either. In just 2.5 hours you can cross the German-French border near Strasbourg. You only have to take the A81. For a trip to Innsbruck in Austria, you have to plan three hours, but you can also stay a little while in Liechtenstein.
For your further road trip, Italy with all its beautiful cities or a trip to the Atlantic coast through France are of course a good option. Rent a VW California and experience the surf coast of France.
Bring back your camper in Constance
No matter on which road your journey has led you, at the end there is unfortunately always the farewell. A farewell to your van. At the roadsurfer in Constance you have to bring back your beloved campervan. But I promise: Your experiences with the VW California or the Marco Polo will stay in your heart. We would be very happy to hear about your road trip with the roadsurfer!